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The Employment Situation in April

Fri, 2015-05-08 09:30

The economy added 223,000 jobs in April as the unemployment rate fell to 5.4 percent—the lowest since May 2008—and the participation rate ticked up. This report largely reflects the ongoing recovery, but jobs in April were likely also boosted by a temporary bounce-back from winter weather. Notwithstanding the substantial progress our economy has made, it is critical to continue the overall momentum and further strengthen wage growth. That is why the President is pursuing policies including opening new markets for U.S.

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Weekly Address: Honoring the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day

Fri, 2015-05-08 06:00

President Barack Obama tapes the Weekly Address in the Map Room of the White House, May 7, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

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Designing a Trade Deal with Small Business in Mind

Fri, 2015-05-08 06:00

In 1999, I left a design job to pursue my passion for letterpress printing and started a greeting card company, Egg Press. Letterpress is a centuries-old production printing process. It's a relief method of printing that leaves an impression in the paper that you can see and feel. Every piece is printed by hand at our studio in Portland, Oregon.

I take pride in the fact that our products are all made by us in America, and am proud to be part of a rich history of American manufacturing.

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Missouri Siblings Named 2015 Small Business Persons of the Year

Fri, 2015-05-08 00:00

“Our small businesses represent what is best about our nation – the idea that with determination and responsibility, anyone can build a better life for themselves and their loved ones.” ...

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President Obama Honors the Air Force Academy Fighting Falcons with the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy

Thu, 2015-05-07 21:38

This afternoon, President Obama hosted the Air Force Fighting Falcons football team at the White House in honor of their winning the annual Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
In the East Room, President Obama congratulated the Air Force Chief of Staff, General Mark Welsh; the Superintendent of the Air Force Academy, Lieutenant General Michelle Johnson; Coach Troy Calhoun; and the Fighting Falcons of the Air Force Academy on a great football season. The Falcons went 10-3 this past year, including a bowl victory.
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Trading on the Oregon Trail: What Small Businesses Are Saying About the TPP

Thu, 2015-05-07 16:25

President Obama is traveling to northern Oregon tomorrow to visit the headquarters of Nike and discuss the ways that both large and small American businesses can benefit from increased access to trade. The President’s trade deal — the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) — would open up new markets, support high-quality jobs, protect the environment, raise human rights and labor standards around the world, and level the playing field for American workers.

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"This Is My Heart Because You Haven't Visited South Dakota"

Thu, 2015-05-07 14:02

Rebecca is 11 years old and her heart is broken.
A young resident of Vermillion, South Dakota, Rebecca has been waiting and waiting for President Obama to visit her home state for the last six years. So, in April, she took matters into her own hands and wrote the President a letter laying out her best arguments for him to come: "We are the warmest of the Dakotas ... and when I just go to the park, I sometimes see coyotes, hawks, and bald eagles." 

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Behind the Lens: Photographing the President in 50 States

Thu, 2015-05-07 11:00

This week, the President will visit South Dakota, marking the 50th state he has visited during his administration (as such, it's also my 50th state with him). To mark the occasion, I chose one photograph from each state that we’ve visited. This was not as easy as I thought it would be. With help from photo editor Phaedra Singelis, I tried to depict a variety of situations. Some are more lighthearted, some are sad, and some are poignant. Some are with the Vice President, some are with the First Lady and a couple are with the entire family.

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Streamline Your Small Business’s Sales Strategy

Thu, 2015-05-07 00:00

Developing strong sales and customer loyalty can be a difficult, time-consuming endeavor. Without an effective strategy, even a promising company can fail. The task need not be overwhelming though...

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SBA’s InnovateHER: Going Beyond the Breast Pump

Thu, 2015-05-07 00:00

Last fall the Massachusetts Institute of Technology held a “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck Hack-a-thon” focused on innovating a device that impacts the lives of so many women who manage the needs...

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